• Cooking Time: 75
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 20


The perfect way to introduce your child to French culture

Although the French onion soup recipe has been modernized, this dish (Soupe à l'oignon) dates back to the mid-1700’s. It originated in Lyons, France . Cheap and abundant, onions were a popular ingredient among the workers.


  • 3 large red onions
  • 3 large sweet onions
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups of beef stock (homemade stock is best)
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 thick slices French baguette
  • 1 1/2 cups of grated Gruyère cheese


  • Mince the onions.
  • Heat the oil in a non-stick fry pan on medium high heat.
  • Add the onions and toss to coat them with oil.
  • After 10 minutes add the sugar.
  • Reduce heat to medium low.
  • Add the garlic and thyme.
  • Cook over medium heat for 30 -40 minutes or until caramelized, stirring occasionally.
  • After the onions have caramelized, pour in the beef stock and the red wine. Continue cooking on very low heat for 25 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste, if needed (depending on saltiness of broth).
  • Spoon into four ovenproof bowls.
  • Top with toasted baguette and cheese.
  • Use lots of cheese so it covers and drips over the sides.
  • Place in the broiler until brown and bubbly.

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